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Kevin Pritchard      

Indiana Pacers General Manager; Retired Professional Basketball Player

Kevin Lee Pritchard, born July 18, 1967, is a retired American professional basketball player and currently serves as general manager for the Indiana Pacers.

Pritchard played college basketball for the University of Kansas, where he was the starting point guard on the Jayhawks team that defeated the Oklahoma Sooners for the 1988 NCAA Division I men's basketball championship. Pritchard holds the distinction of being the first player to make a three-point shot at Allen Fieldhouse in 1986.

Pritchard was drafted by the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association as the 34th overall pick 1990. He had a six-year NBA career spanning five teams: The Warriors, the Boston Celtics, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Miami Heat and the Washington Bullets. He also holds the distinction of being the first player signed in the history of the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1995, although he was released before getting an opportunity to play a game for them. He retired from playing in 1998.

After a year working outside of basketball, Pritchard became the coach and general manager of the Kansas City Knights of the ABA, which he led to a championship in 2001. Later, he was hired by the San Antonio Spurs to be a scout in the Spurs' organization, and two years later was hired by the Portland Trail Blazers as director of player personnel.

Pritchard would return to public prominence in 2005, when the Trail Blazers fired then-head coach Maurice Cheeks and named Pritchard as his interim replacement. In the 2006 off-season, the Trail Blazers promoted Pritchard to assistant general manager, where he was involved in the decision making for four significant trades, which have been held to be favorable to the Blazers. In 2007, Pritchard was named as the team's general manager.

Pritchard was relieved of his general manager duties on June 24, 2010. About one hour before the 2010 NBA Draft, Kevin Pritchard was notified by Paul Allen that he had been fired, but wanted to make it clear that he needed to stay for the draft. Pritchard made a trade and two draft selections, which satisfied Trail Blazer team officials.

In July 2011, Pritchard joined the Indiana Pacers to become their Director of Player Personnel. Later on, he was promoted to general manager in June 2012 to replace David Morway.

Kevin Pritchard is a co-founder of the Global Sports Summit, an active member of the Friends of the Children charity and a co-author of "Help the Helper."

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